Movers & Shakers December 16, 2001

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Valenote.jpgValenoteMcMillan.jpgMcMillan The architectural and planning firm of Bezek-Durst-Seiser has hired Victor Valenote. Valenote is a registered architect with nine years of experience. Valenote was awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Bronze Medal for All Around Excellence in Architecture in 1999. The firm has hired Carrie McMillan as receptionist. McMillan has three years office experience, including working on the state Legislature support staff. McMillan is planning to graduate from the University of Georgia with a business degree in June.

In its first year of participation in the Alaska Universities Legislative Internship program, Alaska Pacific University is sending student Marleah LaBelle to Juneau for 17 weeks coinciding with the duration of the Alaska state legislative session. LaBelle is majoring in business administration at APU and will work in a legislator’s office as well as complete a senior-level internship seminar as part of the program.

Two University of Alaska Anchorage students, Michael Dingman and Androniki Mei Lagos, represented the university at the 53rd annual Student Council on United States Affairs in West Point, New York in November. Dingman is UAA’s student body president and is majoring in both political science and journalism. Lagos recently returned from a two year studying abroad program in Taipei, Taiwan. Dingman and Lagos discussed and debated U.S. foreign policy concerns at the conference.

Johnson.jpgJohnson The Alaska Region of the U.S. Forest Service has hired Linda Rae Johnson to serve as director of acquisition management. Johnson recently served as a contract specialist with the Department of Energy in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Previously Johnson held contracting positions with the U.S. Air Force in Albuquerque and Alamogordo, N.M., and Ogden, Utah.

David Scherer and Christopher Davis have joined AMC Engineers. Scherer, a professional engineer, is registered as a professional mechanical engineer in New Mexico. Scherer specializes in heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems. Davis, a professional engineer, has specialized in many facets of electrical engineer and project design.

OfficeTech Inc. has hired Chris Cook as account manager for South Anchorage. Cook has sales and customer service experience and previously worked for NYE Frontier Toyota and Johnson Nissan Jeep. Cook is responsible for sales of all Xerox products, including copiers, network printers and fax machines. Amy Jackman has joined OfficeTech as account manager for the Kenai Peninsula and will be working in the company’s Kenai office. Jackman was recently elected to the Kenai City Council and was previously employed at KSRM Radio as marketing consultant. Jackman is responsible for sales of all Xerox products on the Kenai Peninsula.

The Alaska Hotel & Lodging Association recently announced its 2001-2002 directors. The executive committee includes: chairman, Terry Latham, Best Western Golden Lion Hotel; president, Jeff Butcher, Goldbelt Hotel; vice president, Frank Rose, Denali Bluffs & Grande Denali Lodge; and secretary/treasurer, Jack Reiss, Denali Park Resorts. Regional directors include: Chris von Imhof, Alyeska Prince Hotel; Brad Snowden, Best Western Hotel Seward; Gene Sheehan, Inlet Tower Suites; Jeannette Duenow, New Management Services, Hotel Division; Lloyd Huskey, formerly with Pikes Waterfront Lodge; Luanne Pelagio, Bristol Inn/ Quvaq Inc.; Bill Wasowicz, Land’s End Resort; and Vicki Parrish, Fairbanks Princess. Allied directors include: Walt Leffek, Hospitality Resources & Concepts; Randy Comer, GCI Cable Inc.; and Clayton Halverson, Bond, Stephens & Johnson.

Carter Crawford has assumed the responsibilities of station manager for KATN-2 Fairbanks. Crawford also will retain the duties of general sales manager for the television station. Crawford was the recent recipient of the Alaska Broadcaster of the Year award.

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce has hired Liz Heisler as membership director. Heisler’s responsibilities will include increasing chamber membership and retaining current members. Heisler is the staff liaison for the Chamber Ambassadors Committee which is responsible for organizing the monthly Business After Hours mixers, assisting with citywide cleanup, and putting together a membership appreciation event. Heisler has 20 years experience as a small business owner and as a marketing manager for a computer firm.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education has chosen Ping-Tung Chang the 2001 Professor of the Year in Alaska. Chang teaches mathematics at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Matanuska-Susitna College. Chang has taught at UAA since 1988. Chang was selected from among 384 entries nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country.

12/16/2001 - 8:00pm